Regarding Tuesday’s massive explosion, most of the port officials appointed at Beirut have been put under house arrest as the investigation on the incident is yet to conduct. On Wednesday, the government of Lebanon released this statement.
The horrifying blast killed more than 135 people while injuring 4000 people living around the Beirut port.
The President of Lebanon said that the blast happened due to the unsafe storage of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse.
On this, Badri Daher, the Customs Chief, said that his agency asked to remove the chemicals, but “this did not happen.” Source: BBC.
Further, he added- “We leave it to the experts to determine the reasons,” Source: BBC.
Ammonium nitrate is one of the widely used gas considered as a fertilizer in the agriculture world as an explosive.
On Wednesday, while in an emergency cabinet meeting, the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, said- “No words can describe the horror that has hit Beirut last night, turning it into a disaster-stricken city”. Source: BBC.
Researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK evaluated the blast and stated that it had almost one-tenth of the explosive power of an atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II and was “unquestionably one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history”. Source: BBC.
Raoul Nehme, the Economy Minister, had an interview with BBC and said- “I think it is incompetence and really bad management and there are a lot of responsibilities from management and probably previous governments. We do not intend after such an explosion to stay silent on who is responsible for what.” Source: BBC.
Further, the Supreme Defence Council of Lebanon has vowed that whosoever is responsible for this will face the “maximum punishment” possible.
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